Endangered Children: Homicide and Other Crimes (2nd Edition) by Lita Linzer Schwartz, Natalie K. Isser

By Lita Linzer Schwartz, Natalie K. Isser

From infancy onward, kids are at risk from many resources, together with parental and sibling abuse, drug abuse and psychological sickness in the house, parental overlook, and poverty. removal an at-risk baby from a setting brings on a bunch of recent issues and isn't consistently a panacea. Endangered young children: murder, and different Crimes, moment Edition specializes in the myriad threats dealing with childrens and gives perception into attainable solutions.

Beginning with a heritage of kid abuse, the ebook explores this phenomenon as provided in literature and in different cultural references. It then presents sociobiological and cross-cultural views on neonaticide. It examines causes for abuse and explores how disgrace and denial of being pregnant can result in the killing of an youngster inside moments of its delivery.

The booklet examines felony ramifications to neonaticide within the U.S. and in another country, together with mental and psychiatric defenses. extra chapters specialise in shaken child syndrome and Munchausen Syndrome by way of Proxy, and the e-book encompasses a new bankruptcy on postpartum melancholy. The authors comprise profiles of a number of infamous instances, together with Susan Smith and Andrea Yates. in addition they talk about matters on the topic of abortion and euthanasia, and finish via suggesting preventive measures to baby abuse and healing rehabilitation.

Exploring a social tragedy from mental, sociological, and criminological views, the authors try and solution the various questions that come up from those crimes opposed to our so much weak, providing readers a thought-provoking source that's absolute to motivate additional learn and inquiry.

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Beloved The novels and plays already discussed focused on the cases of women who had been seduced, lured, or driven by erotic desires. The girls were examples of those who had yielded to temptation and thereby defied their communal mores. They paid a great price for their moral frailties, far greater than their male counterparts (a matter to which we will return later). But the men and women shared the blame for their victimization. There were other women, however, who were not willing partners in their predicament of unwanted pregnancy.

Humiliated and guilt stricken, the young woman drowns herself and her baby in a well. The lesson was clear: Women were carefully monitored and their conduct scrutinized. Any deviation from established codes would not be tolerated, and any disgrace would also involve her family. The woman’s role was clearly defined, to be subservient as wife and mother to the will of the man, but clearly not to be defiled outside marriage. Alan’s Wife At the end of the 19th century (1894–1914), feminists used drama to express their visions of motherhood.

In Belgium, too, “living honor was strong and the social pressure also more unbearable” (Leboutte, 1991. p. 182). A factor that further promoted despair in Catholic countries was a strong patriarchal culture that allowed fathers to avoid legal responsibility for the support of their illegitimate children. In addition, fathers were legally protected from any attempt to identify them as the parent (Kertzer, 1993). There was a high rate of neonaticide among servant girls: vulnerable to seduction on the one hand, and the overt attempt to use the sexual encounter to capture the commitment to marriage on the other.

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